While the importance of sleep is well known and scientifically documented, warnings for sleep deprivation are rarely taken seriously. Many Americans forego the full recommendation of 7 or more hours in favor of fitting in extra work, leisure, or social activities. This can be detrimental to your mental health, and your physical health.
According to the CDC, it’s not just your brain that requires sleep to reboot and regenerate. The human heart is also greatly impacted by sleep patterns. In fact, not receiving enough sleep each night has been linked to several heart-impacting disorders, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.
For some Americans losing sleep isn’t a choice, but an inability to get comfortable enough to remain asleep through the night. Fortunately, at SAMINA, our doctor recommended mattress is the perfect combination of supple softness, support, and temperature control needed to catch some z’s and keep them. Here’s what you should know about your heart and sleep.
One of the ways a high-quality mattress ensures you have the healthiest sleep ever is by remaining supportive. Over time the springs or foam in traditional mattresses begin to sag. This creates a dip in the center of the bed, where your body sinks in. Unfortunately, this body groove no longer offers the support necessary to keep your spine properly curved, which could result in restless sleep and sore mornings. This can be even worse for couples who develop dips in their respective sides, forming a hill between them.
At SAMINA we solve the problem of sagging springs with our natural rubber mattress in combination with the SAMINA slats. A non-toxic mattress made from high-quality organic rubber maintains its shape and elasticity with no worry about dips or grooves. The flexible slats give enough for support without fear of the wooden slats permanently bending. This combination ensures you get all the sleep your heart needs to stay healthy. It’s great design at its best!
Choosing the right mattress not only ensures you sleep through the night, it also offers additional benefits, like grounding. Grounding is the action of reconnecting with the natural electromagnetic energy of the earth. This happens when we run our toes through the grass or bury our feet in the sand. At SAMINA, we capture the same sensory experience and bioelectric energy with our LOKOSANA grounding pad.
Research revolving around grounding or “Earthing” has come to show that it affects many areas of the body, including the heart. A study published in the Journal of Environmental Public Health found that subjects exposed to electromagnetic energy for grounding experienced improved heart rate and a greater response of the autonomic nervous system.
Using natural materials on your bed is a great way to reduce the risk of allergy, asthma, and respiratory illness. Even with a protective top sheet, most traditional mattresses are exposed to dead skin, sweat, and bacteria every night. These particles are inhaled and absorbed as you sleep causing health problems and disturbing sleep. Allergens not only limit the hours of rest you obtain but increase the risk of heart-related illness.
Allergies and respiratory illness have been linked to the immune system in the past, but recent research has connected allergens to the cardiovascular system as well. In other words, the buildup of allergens in your mattress could impact your heart health in a major way. This is due to the connection between lung and heart health. In fact, lung disease often leads to right ventricular enlargement and heart failure, while a decreased immune system could weaken heart muscles.
To battle this issue, SAMINA developed a climate-regulating virgin sheep’s wool mattress topper. Made with 100% virgin sheep’s wool, the topper combines advanced moisture absorption with a natural ability to self-clean. The open air design of the SAMINA system is unique in its design and encouraging moisture to evaporate. This prevents allergens from taking root in your mattress topper so you can enjoy a good night’s rest and prolonged heart health.
Interested in learning more about what a great luxury mattress can do for your heart health? At SAMINA we’re happy to answer questions and provide insight on each of our green mattresses made with certified organic materials.
It’s best when you can schedule an appointment to view our products and experience the SAMINA difference, but you may also order directly from us over the phone. A SAMINA Sleep Concierge will verify each order to ensure you and your sleeping partner, when applicable, have the right system for your respective physical needs and specific sleep concerns.
Our healthy sleep concierge service is available Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm PST. Our aim is to reply to you within 24 hours.
As a naturopathic doctor that focuses his practice on environmental medicine and healthy clean living,
I came across a very interesting phenomenon in practice. I have seen that there’s a very small number
of patients in my practice that seem to be extremely sensitive to the materials that their mattresses and
pillows are made of. Even though this is a small number of patients (perhaps less than 10% of my
patients), it’s still very significant as these patients have been experiencing a collection of “strange and
undiagnosed” symptoms that ended up being caused by their everyday exposure to their mattresses.
Over many years, they have seen multiple doctors, running lots of tests, and even done MRIs, in their
attempt to find out what is causing their symptoms that do not seem to be improving with attempted
treatment over the last few months or years.
The collection of symptoms that my patients report, which I believe to be related to their exposure to
VOCs from their mattresses or pillows are fatigue, balance issues/dizziness (especially in the
morning), brain fog or poor concentration, headache in the morning, and along with the more rare
symptom of numbness and tingling either in their hands, feet, or face. The reason that I feel these are
coming from their mattress and pillow is that 1) their symptoms started shortly after they purchased them. 2) Their symptoms match those of low chronic ongoing exposure to solvent/VOCs/off-gassing.
3) Their symptoms improved once they tried sleeping on a mattress that does not off-gas petroleum-based solvents VOCs. These symptoms and the improvements have been seen specifically with
regards to some memory foam-based mattresses and pillows and their subsequent removal.
One question I get asked often is “Why does my partner have no symptoms while sleeping on the
same mattress that I appear to be reactive to?”
Without going into a lot of detail here, the simplest answer is that we are individuals and have very
different genetics and different total body burdens of toxicants and toxins. Everyone responds
differently to chemicals – from chemical cleaners to pharmaceuticals, to alcohol. Depending on how
well we can clear a specific category of toxicants/toxins (due to your individual genetic profile – for
example our glutathione-s-transferase detoxification profile and our methylation profile), and how high
of a total body burden we’ve acquired based on our hobbies, diets, jobs, and lifestyle, we will all
respond very differently to chemicals. Thus, the same exact exposure to a chemical compound will
cause one person to experience no symptoms, while in another person it may manifest with very
significant and life-altering symptoms.
Seeing the improvement in my patients’ health has inspired me to purchase an organic, clean, and
non-off gassing mattress for myself, specifically one made from natural rubber, latex foam. I have been
sleeping on one for years now, enjoying a cleaner sleeping experience and sleeping better overall.
It wasn’t until recently that I have had a chance to upgrade my bed to a Samina mattress & bed frame.
I decided to invest in my health a bit more, especially considering all the research showing how
important good quality sleep is for prevention of diseases such as cardiovascular disease and
When the crew from Samina came to my condo to install the bed, I was very pleasantly surprised by
the quality of the inclined bedframe and how It fits together so simply and without the use of any metal,
using a lock and key latch design. Also, with how easy it was to change from a 3 degrees incline to 5
or 7-degree incline if I ever decided to increase the incline (I started and stayed with 3 degrees for
now). It was obvious that a lot of care was taken in designing not only the bedframe but in every layer of the mattress, from the wooden panels for back support, organic latex foam, to the merino wool
To keep things short and simple, I was happy with the improvement that I experience in my sleep from
this upgrade to the Samina bed from my previous organic latex mattress. Both are great options for
improving the quality of my sleep and reducing my risk of developing any symptoms/future health
concerns and I can comfortably recommend anyone who is interested in optimizing their health to
look into upgrading to a Samina bed if they have the option to.
Dr. Aviad Elgez, ND